Government Plans to Ban Cigarette Vending Machines

Government wants to prohibit cigarette vending machines in order to stop minority smoking.

The National Association of Cigarette Machine Operators (NACHO) declared that there was no need to implement a ban as it had created and introduced a secure radio frequency system which blocked machines and prohibited minors to make any purchase.

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But a judge was against operators.

“It was well known from the start that Government legislative policy is aimed at discouraging people from smoking tobacco products and to undertake progressive measures in order to decrease its dangerous consequences. As regards the given case, the ban was just the best one to achieve the legislative objectives which I have determined, and didn’t overstep what was necessary, presenting the Parliamentary judgment that the system for age restriction technology was inappropriate,” stated Sir Anthony May, president of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court.

The judge declined a petition by Sinclair Collis Ltd, an affiliated of Imperial Tobacco Ltd, trying to abrogate the proposed ban, which is planned to be implemented in October, 1 2011.

The given petition was also supported by the member of NACHO.

Sinclair Collis went against the legality of provisions of the Health Act 2009 and the Protection from Tobacco Regulations 2010.

“The Act and regulations contradict EU law,” declared, Dinah Rose Quality Controller of the company.

“It was evident that measures designated for smoking reduction were likely to hart business or individuals who coined their money thanks to production or sale of tobacco products,” declared judge, Sir Anthony May.

The given ban would negatively influence more than 50,000 vending machines in the UK and some 550 people who work in this industry, with several hundreds employed by providers. Only Sinclair Lewis has at its disposition more than 20,000 machines and rest are owned by the independent operators. According to the judge tobacco products from vending machines cost essentially more than those sold in shops, and vending machine in a pub might ensure the publican with an annual rental payments of £300-£700.

The given machines also assure a sales location in hotels, nightclubs and bars.

According to the estimated data, commodity circulation of the industry in 2004 constituted £434 million, even though there was clear evidence that it had decreased since then.

NACHO had calculated that the annual gross profit of the given industry constituted approximately £102 million.

But the judge pronounced the general interest in local and EU law in the protection of human health declaring that the ban was neither baseless nor inappropriate.

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